Fibre Arts

Introduction to Machine Sewing

Have you always wanted to know how to use a sewing machine, or would love a refresher? Join us for informative workshop where we talk about the basics of using and maintaining a sewing machine and then try your hand at making a simple tote bag!

We approach sewing as joyful, low pressure, and accessible. The sewing machines at Rice Lake Arts are beautiful vintage ones – all metal and mechanical (of the type you may have inherited from a family member or can easily find for sale at very, very reasonable prices!). This one-day workshop will give you information about online resources for machine reviews, accessories and supplies; experience using the sewing machine (including cleaning and oiling for DIY machine maintenance); and a chance to make a simple tote bag.

Dates & Details

1) SUN July 7

Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Maximum Size: 8 participants (minimum age 14)
Fee: $160.00 includes taxes, materials & use of our vintage sewing machines.

Your instructors for this workshop are experienced sewers/quilters Jennifer Schacker and Miriam Davidson.

Your Instructor

Jennifer & Miriam

Introduction to English Paper Piecing Workshop (EPP)

Have you ever wondered how historic sewers created richly coloured, geometric quilts with sharp points and accurate piecing without a sewing machine? English Paper Piecing (EPP) is the answer and whether you are an experienced sewer or a beginner, this workshop will introduce you to a highly accessible approach to designing and piecing your own patchwork projects. EPP is a technique using geometrically shaped paper templates and fabric, assembled with a simple hand sewing. The process is mindful and calming and doesn’t rely on a sewing machine, so it is portable, easy to take to the park, the cottage or on a road trip.

In this one day workshop Miriam will guide you through the EPP process, and even if you are a novice sewer you will find this ingenious technique easy to learn. You will leave the workshop with a clear understanding of all the steps involved in English Paper Piecing, along with a simple first project, instructional handouts, and the skills you will need to create EPP projects at home.

Dates & Details

SUN July 28

Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Maximum Size: 8 participants (minimum age 14)
Fee: 1 Day Workshop – $160.00 includes taxes, materials & equipment

Your Instructor

Miriam Davidson

Yarn Dyeing 101

An introduction to hand dyeing with everyday materials

Instructor: Rebecca Lamperd

In this fun and informative one day workshop you will create vibrantly coloured yarns using materials you can find in your kitchen. We will spend the day exploring several simple techniques for dyeing yarns to create your own unique colour palette. No previous experience dyeing fibres is required – all you need is curiosity and a love of yarn and colour!

Dates & Details

1) SAT June 29
2) SAT July 20

Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm
Maximum Size: 10 participants (minimum age 16)
Fee: $180.00 includes taxes, materials & equipment

Your Instructor

Rebecca Lamperd

Bark Box Basket Weaving

Come spend the day working outdoors with accomplished fibre artist Sandi McNeil. In this one-day workshop you will learn a variety of basic weaving techniques including plaiting, twining and rim lashing to create a Bark Box Basket. You will form your square or rectangular basket using natural materials harvested by Sandi near her home in Buckhorn, including cedar, basswood and birch bark from our region. No previous experience is required.

Dates & Details

1) SAT July 6
2) SAT Aug 24

Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Maximum Size: 10 participants (minimum age 16)
Fee: $180.00 most equipment & materials included*

*Note: You will receive an email before the workshop with a short list of everyday items we ask that you bring along.

Your Instructor

Sandi McNeil

Shadow & Stitch: An Introduction to Cyanotype Printing & Mindful Stitching

In this one day workshop the emphasis is on creative play and experimentation. The first part of the workshop will focus on learning the basics of Cyanotype printing, a simple photographic printmaking process, to create imagery inspired by the natural forms at Rice Lake Arts. Using plant life you forage from grounds, and objects you bring along that have personal meaning, you will make a series of dramatic shadow prints on watercolour paper and/or fabric.

Once your prints have dried, you will be encouraged to consider embellishing them with stitched patterns and embroidery techniques to yield one-of-a-kind results that you are sure to cherish. No experience with any of these techniques is necessary to join this workshop!

Dates & Details

1) SUN July 21
2) SAT Aug 10

Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm
Maximum Size: 10 participants (minimum age 16)
Fee: $180.00 includes taxes, materials & equipment.

Your Instructor

Alia Toor

The Magic Colour of Mosaics

Inspired by the landscape and native species that flourish at Rice Lake Arts, in this workshop you will create a bold mosaic using coloured glass, that is glued and grouted onto wooden panels. We will explore the grounds at Rice Lake Arts, while you take a series of photos and do some sketching to help you create your unique mosaic design. If you love working with colour and you’d like to try out an ancient technique with modern materials, join us for this fun 2 day workshop.

Nikki welcomes all creative individuals over the age of 13 years to this exciting workshop. Come spend the weekend exploring the beauty of glass with a friend, a sibling, a family member or group.

Dates & Details

SAT & SUN Aug 17 & 18

Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Maximum Size: 12 participants (minimum age 13)
Fee: $280.00 including tax & all materials

Your Instructor

Nikki Rejman